Daegu International School (DIS) is affiliated with Lee Academy in Lee, Maine, USA, which has over 165 years of educational history and traditions. DIS offers the same quality college preparatory education as an American private school. Students can earn a Lee Academy diploma as well as a DIS diploma.
Our current enrollment is approximately 320 students, representing 13 nationalities. There are about 150 students in Elementary School (Grades K to 5), 85 students in Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) and 85 students in High School (Grades 9 to 12).
We usually do not have more than 22 students per class with one or two classes per grade level. Most classes are 10-15 students.
We have a building capacity of 680 students.
Typically, our school year includes 175 teaching days beginning mid-August and ending in early June. Holidays include some Korean national holidays, a week at Chuseok, 2-3 weeks at Christmas, Lunar New Year, a week for February break, a week for Spring break and a few other holidays. Please refer ‘School Calendar’ under ‘Calendar’ on our website (www.dis.sc.kr)for more detailed information.
Students attend school Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. After school activities in ES, MS and HS generally run from 2:40 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
DIS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) which is the same accrediting authority as schools in California, other western states in the U.S. and many international schools. Accreditation by an organization such as WASC is a guarantee of good quality education. Accreditation is very important for schools which operate outside of public education systems. Accreditation is also required for our high school credits and diploma to be recognized in the USA. DIS is the first international school that has been accredited by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
We offer a rigorous program based on the Maine Learning Results, the Common Core, and the Advanced Placement system of the College Board. It is the goal of DIS to prepare all of our students academically, socially, and emotionally to enter post-secondary education in some of the finest Universities and Colleges in the USA, Korea, and worldwide.
While most of the teachers are Americans, we also have teachers from other countries. All teachers are certified in the U.S. to teach in their subject area.